Updated June 2022

Nest Bedding Sparrow Mattress Review

Materials: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium-firm: 6.5/10
Trial Period: 365 nights
Price Range: $949–$1,999
Nerd Score: 4.8/5
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By Loren Bullock

Is the Sparrow Mattress for You?

The Sparrow mattress (formerly the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress) by Nest Bedding is an affordable luxury mattress made with foam and coils. It’s just one of a whole “flock” of Nest Bedding mattresses, though it’s the most popular model. 

The foam and coils combination offers an appealing balance of cushion and bounce. Plus, the coils keep the mattress breathable and relatively cool. It’s offered in three firmness levels—Plush, Medium, and Firm—so it works for all sleeping positions (back, side, and stomach). In this review we’ll break down how it feels, how much it costs, and who it’s best for.

Nest Bedding Sparrow Signature Hybrid Mattress

The Sparrow Signature Hybrid includes a comfort layer with four components, a support core of zoned pocketed coils, and a cover made of rayon and polyester. It’s available in three firmness options: plush, medium and luxury firm.

Nerd Score 4.8/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

365 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5

Nest Bedding Sparrow Signature Hybrid Mattress

The Sparrow Signature Hybrid includes a comfort layer with four components, a support core of zoned pocketed coils, and a cover made of rayon and polyester. It’s available in three firmness options: plush, medium and luxury firm.

Nerd Score 4.8/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

365 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5

Nest Bedding Sparrow Signature Hybrid Mattress

The Sparrow Signature Hybrid includes a comfort layer with four components, a support core of zoned pocketed coils, and a cover made of rayon and polyester. It’s available in three firmness options: plush, medium and luxury firm.

Nerd Score 4.8/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5

Sparrow Mattress Highlights

  • Coil base layer is breathable, supportive, and offers a bit of bounce
  • Foam comfort layers feel like memory foam without the heat retention and “stuck” feeling
  • Quilted mattress cover infused with cooling gel and temperature-regulating “phase change” materials
  • Eco-friendly foams on all styles are certified CertiPUR-US certified
  • Made in the USA
  • Company makes mattresses that cover a range of prices and styles
  • Customizable feel with zippered mattress cover and easy to exchange foam top layers

Sparrow Mattress Firmness and Feel

Sparrow Mattress Firmness

The Firm version of the Sparrow mattress is good for heavier people (those over 250 lbs) who sleep on their backs or stomachs. The firmness may be too much for side sleepers, who need more contouring for their shoulders or hips. Of course, if you like the feel of a very firm mattress, like using a Japanese futon, this will also appeal to your tastes. For similar mattresses, see the best mattresses for stomach sleepers and the best mattress for heavy people.

The Medium version of the Sparrow is right in the center of the firmness scale. This mattress appeals to and is good for anyone who is about average-weight (130–230 lbs). If you’re very heavy or very light, you should try the firm or soft versions, respectively. The medium is a good mattress for back sleepers and side sleepers. It’s also good for anyone who likes a soft mattress but don’t want to sink through the mattress.

The Soft Sparrow mattress will cradle your curves. Side or back sleepers with a slim or athletic build could find a lot of like in the soft version. It’s generally a good fit for those with lightweight body types (< 130 lbs). Also, if you have always slept on a soft mattress, you will probably like this one. For other pressure relieving options, see the best mattress for side sleepers.

What Does the Sparrow Mattress Feel Like?

The feel of the Sparrow depends on the firmness level you choose, but generally, it balances the cushioning of foam with the springiness and support of coils. People who don’t like memory foam will appreciate the coil system and sleepers who don’t want their mattress to be too firm should respond well to the comfort foams. 

Sparrow Mattress Performance

Cooling

The Sparrow mattress is topped with foam, which has a bad reputation for heating up and leaving many sleepers sweating and uncomfortable. Technology has changed that. These mattresses have a breathable fabric cover and cooling gel at the top layers. It also has a 6″ layer of coils that allow good airflow. The overall effect creates a cooling mattress

Edge Support

If you sleep with a partner and find you have to use the entire surface of your mattress,  you should consider how well the edge of a mattress supports you, whether you’re sitting or sleeping.

Foam mattresses traditionally don’t do as well holding up on the edges as traditional innerspring mattresses. But the hybrid construction of the Sparrow features enhanced edge support, making it a good mattress for seniors and those who need extra stability.

Motion Isolation

If you share your bed, you don’t want a lot of movement and disturbance from the other side of the bed. Hybrid mattresses like the Sparrow normally do a good job limiting motion transfer—better than traditional innerspring, coil-only mattresses. The coils are individually wrapped, rather than interconnected, which helps with motion isolation, and the foam absorbs some movement.

For other mattresses that isolate motion well, see the best mattress for couples.

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Sparrow Mattress Construction

The 12″ thickness of the Sparrow mattress includes five different layers that are responsive, contouring, and supportive.

Layer #1: Quilted THERMIC® Cover

The mattress cover is quilted with stretchy fabric that’s infused with THERMIC—a “phase change” material that absorbs body heat and stores it until the mattress gets too cool. The quilting is a nice touch because it keeps materials underneath from shifting and keeps the surface smooth. The cover includes 1″ of gel memory foam the cools that mattress. The memory foam molds to your body’s curves.

Layer #2: White or Blue Energex™ Foam

The second layer is 3″ of latex-like foam that relieves pressure on any body parts that need contouring. A gel infusion draws heat away from bodies. This comfort layer will allow you to sink into the bed before you hit the support layer. It’s designed to be more responsive and temperature regulating that memory foam. The Blue foam is in the Plush and Medium versions, and the White foam is in the Firm version.

Layer #3: SmartFlow Support Foam

The third layer is a 1″ block of high-density foam called SmartFlow Support Foam. It keeps you from sinking down to the coils below.

Layer #4: Pocketed Coils

The fourth layer is 6″ of individually wrapped coils. Coils improve mattress breathability, and these coils are reinforced around the edges for better edge support. Individually wrapped coils also do a good job of responding to your body movements when you change sleep positions. 

Layer #5: Base Support Foam

This high-density base layer adds stability to the whole mattress.

Sparrow Mattress Sizing & Prices

Mattress Size Price Dimensions Height Weight
Twin $949 38″ x 75″ 12″ 55 lbs
Twin XL $1,149 38″ x 80″ 12″ 60 lbs
Full $1,349 54″ x 75″ 12″ 85 lbs
Queen $1,699 60″ x 80″ 12″ 105 lbs
King $1,999 76″ x 80″ 12″ 115 lbs
California King $1,999 72″ x 84″ 12″ 115 lbs
Split Cal King $1,149 (per side) 36″ x 84″ (per side) 12″ 60 lbs (per side)

On a tight budget? Check out our roundup of best affordable mattresses!

Buying Experience

Trial Period

You have 365 nights (a full year) to figure out if the Sparrow mattress fits your needs. You have to sleep on it at least 30 days before you can ask for an exchange or refund. This is a common request since it takes about that long to get used to a new mattress.

Nest strongly encourages you to call them if you’re still uncomfortable after 30 days. They might make another suggestion, like changing out your pillow or adding their cooling mattress topper. Nest also offers a Lifetime Renewal Exchange. If you don’t like the feel of your current top layer or if it wears out, Nest will send you one free top layer. Just unzip the cover, discard or recycle the old layer, and add the new one. This policy also cuts down on waste.

If you end up returning your Nest mattress, you get a full refund and the mattress goes to a charity if Nest can arrange it. If not, the company picks it up for free.

Warranty

The Alexander Signature series comes with an industry-topping Lifetime warranty, which covers the mattress sagging more than 1″ or any splitting seams or broken zippers. The industry standard for warranties is 10 years. Nest is betting they’ve built the mattresses so well that they’ll last much longer.

However, keep in mind that the warranty doesn’t necessarily reflect how long a mattress will be comfortable. The mattress will become less comfortable long before it physically starts falling apart, so you should expect to get maybe 10 years of good use out of this mattress.

Delivery & Setup

The Sparrow mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box. Each Nest mattress is custom-built once ordered, which takes one to three days. The total time to build, prep, and deliver the mattress to you will be around four to eight business days. You won’t pay for shipping, unless you live in Hawaii or Alaska.

Once the mattress arrives, grab a buddy and put it on the foundation you’ll be using. Then take it out of its box and plastic wrapper and wait for it to re-inflate. That will take several minutes. Any off-gassing odor (aka new mattress smell) should be gone after a day or two max.

Final Thoughts: The Nerd’s Take

The Sparrow mattress by Nest Bedding has a luxury price, but you get what you pay for—a high-quality, eco-conscious mattress with a customizable firmness. The coil layer and gel-infused foams keep hot sleepers cool and those looking for stability will appreciate the extra edge support.

Back sleepers should choose the Medium or Firm versions, stomach sleepers should pick the Firm version, and side sleepers could go with the Soft or Medium versions. Remember, you can swap out the comfort layer with the Lifetime Renewal Exchange; plus, you have a whole year to test out this mattress and lifetime protection afterwards.